Music

Cultures of Resistance Films, which is a project of Caipirinha Productions, has a longstanding interest in releasing music and producing films that highlight the role of music in struggles for justice.

In 2020, Cultures of Resistance Films released a music video called BETTER MUST COME: a dispatch from Malawi. The music video for "Better Must Come," a song by Ishan Cyapital featuring Teebz, gives voice to popular dissatisfaction with corruption and denounces government apathy about the urgent problems facing countries like Malawi. FROM TRASH TO TREASURE: turning negatives into positives, also released in 2020, showcases a spirit of reimagination among artists, including musicians and instrument-makers in Lesotho, who use creativity to respond to entrenched social problems.

In 2010, the CULTURES OF RESISTANCE FEATURE DOCUMENTARY highlighted a range of musicians who are using their art to promote social and economic justice, including rappers, violinists, and guitarists from countries ranging from Palestine and Iran to Brazil and Colombia. For a complete list of artists who either appear in the film, are included on the soundtrack, or were encountered in the making of the film, click here.

Cultures of Resistance Films has also released a number of short films about musicians in 2010 and 2011: Papa Wemba: Singing for a Brighter Congo features an original interview with the legendary singer in which he talks about his music, the future of his country's politics, and the tensions between politicians and artists in Africa. Lexxus Legal: Hip Hop for Social Change profiles a Congolese rapper encouraging people to express their anger through music, rather than violence. A Day with Lowkey and Shadia Mansour follows Iraqi rapper Lowkey and Palestinian lyricist Shadia Mansour at a book tour stop, where they discuss Israel's attacks on the Gaza Strip, and then to the studio, where they talk about the convergence of their music and political activism. César López: Turning Guns into Guitars (Colombia) highlights guitarist César López's efforts to reign in militarism in his country through music and political activism.



From 1998 to 2003, Caipirinha Productions ran a record label called Caipirinha Music, releasing over thirty-five albums from dozens of artists. To view Caipirinha Music's historical catalog, click here.

Alongside ARCHITETTURA in 1999, MODULATIONS: cinema for the ear in 1998, and SYNTHETIC PLEASURES in 1995, Caipirinha Music also released a series of soundtracks.

ARCHITETTURA is a series of four short films that explore the synergies between the worlds of contemporary architecture, electronic music, and film. Each film was inspired by a volume of the Architettura CD series, a set of four full-length albums by some of the most important electronic musicians. All CDs are packaged in deluxe digi-packs and have a booklet illustrated with photos and architectural drawings, as well as information about the architect's work and how it inspired the CD. These architects represent the top of their field, creating contemporary works that stretch the boundaries of architectural forms, structural possibilities, and how the buildings affect communities and culture at large. The first four CDs were available from Caipirinha Music. The packages were designed by Taylor Deupree and all CDs in the series were produced with the full cooperation of the architects.

For more information about the CD series, including track listings and information about the artists and architects, click here. Below is an overview of the four albums:

  • Volume 1
    Artist: savvas ysatis + taylor deupree
    Title: tower of winds
    Architect: toyo ito
  • Volume 2
    Artist: tetsu inoue
    Title: waterloo terminal
    Architect: nicholas grimshaw
  • Volume 3
    Artist: david toop
    Title: museum of fruit
    Architect: itsuko hasegawa
  • Volume 4
    Artist: panacea
    Title: brasilia
    Architect: oscar niemeyer

MODULATIONS: cinema for the ear traces the evolution of electronic music as one of the most profound artistic developments of the twentieth century. For a list of musicians who appear in the film, click here. For music credits for the film, click here. For more information about the soundtrack, including the track listing and how to buy the album, click here.

For information about Volumes 1 and 2 of the SYNTHETIC PLEASURES soundtrack, click here. You can also purchase both Volume 1 and Volume 2 on Amazon.